Site News

I’m going to be in Las Vegas at TAM 8 for the next couple of days so posting will be a bit light. (Lack of posts last week was due to a delightfully incapacitating case of strep throat.)

If anyone else on the site is attending and wants to meet up for a drink, drop me a line

30 Dumb Inventions from Life Magazine

I thoroughly enjoyed this gallery, especially the TV glasses and the illuminated tires.

Want to test how well you know this site? How many of the inventions in this list have I posted here in the past?

Moving again

I’m moving this week to Portland, OR and I’m not sure I’m going to get a chance to post much.

Updates to the site will be probably be sporadic or entirely absent until I get up and running again next week.

I’m Back

Hey everyone, sorry for the lack of posts the last couple of weeks. I’ve been on vacation, but I’m back now. On with the show.

Thanks Everyone

Thanks for the support everyone. Rest assured that I’m going to keep working on the site. I have lots of great stuff coming up, so be sure to stick around.

Oh, and I thought you all would think this email I got yesterday was pretty funny all things considered:

Hi Charlie:

I’m an editor at PopSci and got your e-mail from my colleague [redacted to protect the innocent]. I’m looking to use a couple of images from old issues of the magazine in an upcoming issue, and he mentioned that you might have high-res files you could send. (All our archives are on Google Books now, but I don’t think the files are high-res enough.) These are the two: …

Google Book Search

Wow. Google just released full indexed scans of every Popular Science and Popular Mechanics issue online as part of Google Book Search.

This is really great, but it does mean that I have a lot of magazines it would be pointless to scan. It also means that I need to decide what direction to take the site.

What do you guys think I should do? Stick with more obscure magazines? They don’t seem to have Modern Mechanix or Mechanix Illustrated… yet. Or link to articles in their archive?

They did a pretty amazing job with this and I’m really curious to find out how they actually scanned those mags. The old PS and PM issues have really thick spines that are very hard to keep open and photograph. I wonder if they cut the pages out or something.

Someone Actually Built MI’s Speedball Special

Some of you might remember this article I posted a few years ago that had plans to build a Mahogany sports car.

Well, someone actually built one and it’s for sale at the St. Louis Car Museum

via Hemmings Auto Blog

Computer Woes – Site Anniversary

My desktop is currently dead. I’m not sure if I’m only going to have to reinstall the OS or get a new drive. Either way, posting is going to be a bit light for the next few days. Today you get one post that was left over from last night.

Oh yeah, I forgot about it, but on Oct 15th the site entered it’s fourth year. A few approximate stats:

  • 5000 posts
  • 8,500,000 page views in the last year.
  • 19,000,000 total page views.
  • 2.8 million spam comments (seriously)
Eat Me – Making Mac & Cheese Pancakes

Here’s a video from The New York Times of my dad making Mac and Cheese Pancakes. Not remotely relevant to the site but it’s cute and I felt like plugging his book.

Update: For some reason the you tube player was crashing PC IE. I have no idea what I could have done to cause that, but I’ve taken it out. If you want to see the movie, click here.

I’m going to try to post a few recipes later this week.

Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin

And…We’re Back

Sorry for the lack of posts, but things have been pretty busy here. Almost all of my stuff has arrived and I’m about halfway unpacked. More importantly I have my computer up and running so things should be back to normal on the site. Thanks to everyone who responded to my posts, I’m loving my neighborhood and it’s great to be back in New York.